Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019

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  • Distiller:

    Brown-Forman

  • Bottler:

    Brown-Forman

  • ABV:

    52.5%

  • Age:

    11 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A lengthy finish hits with some heat up front, showcasing menthol, tannic oak, cedar, barrel char, cinnamon, and still more vanilla.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, slightly astringent, and subtle. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: All around it’s a Birthday Bourbon edition that you’ll not only want to seek out, but make sure that you open up to enjoy. It would be a shame to keep collecting dust on a shelf as the whiskey waiting inside is well worth enjoying while you can.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The lengthy finish draws out cola, dark chocolate, leather, and pepper. Sip slowly; it continues to evolve in the glass.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I enjoyed the higher proof, resulting in a bolder flavor profile. It is certainly a sipper, especially as your palate grows accustomed to the bolder flavors and other nuances emerge.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: While it’s unabashedly, aggressively sweet, the whiskey has enough dusky spice and earthiness to it to bring it out of the sugar bowl, at least for a little bit. The finish makes me think of a sweet tea… but, hey, not too sweet.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is pretty nice - certainly the best I’ve had in a long time from the Birthday Bourbon line.
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  • Intro:

    This is an annual release from Old Forester in their Limited Expression line. Aged for 11 years, 120 barrels were distilled on Mar 15, 2008 and bottled in 2019.

  • Nose:

    Sweet cream, rich cherry and strawberry. Pungent pipe tobacco. Passion fruit, vanilla bean and werthers caramel. Nice oaky note.

  • Taste:

    Rich banana fosters, medium mouth feel. Some heat, honey, cherry and toffee. Excellent oak structure.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium in length, nice oak here with cocoa, toffee and strawberry. Bit of heat, but not bad.

  • Overall:

    This is pretty nice - certainly the best I’ve had in a long time from the Birthday Bourbon line.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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